Health Minister stated to the media that a Cabinet paper proposing to increase the price of a cigarette by Rs. 5 and the VAT on cigarettes upto 15% would be presented to Cabinet sooner.

It is learn that the Cabinet sub-committee that had been appointed to implement a proposal to increase the tax levy on tobacco companies to 90 per cent had recommended that the price of a cigarette be put up by Rs 5 and to increase VAT levy on cigarettes to 15%.

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